Recently visited by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, the Cumbria-based firm is continuing to invest in research and development in technology and sells its product globally.
Isabelle Maddock, finance director at James Cropper, said: “The global market continues to be essential for growth and development, with about 50 per cent of our products being exported. Post-Brexit, there is some concern about how it will affect industry in the UK. Britain offers a huge pool of knowledge and skills supporting innovation, therefore we would strongly oppose the introduction of tariffs as they restrict trade and ultimately have a detrimental effect on innovation, which is driven by the reinvestment of profits.
“That said, our global business model has proven to be robust and the group is well placed to face the challenges of Brexit.”
South Lakeland MP Tim Farron visited the company to hear about its latest developments and discuss the challenges facing the industry.
Farron met with the chief executive and group finance director of the company, and heard how James Cropper continues to grow and develop, taking on more staff and expanding into new areas, in addition to their traditional paper business. Also on the agenda was the need for a British industrial strategy that supports the manufacturing industry, as well as the challenges that are faced post-Brexit.
Farron said: “It was fantastic to visit James Cropper once again and to hear about the exciting developments at the company, particularly as the firm expands into new markets. As the largest private sector employer in our area, the company’s success is good news for all of us.
“James Cropper is a shining example of the best of British manufacturing, complementing their traditional paper business with the latest technology and innovation, and creating skilled local jobs and apprenticeships. As a country, it is vital that we support businesses and develop the skill base required so that other firms can follow James Cropper’s example. I will also continue to push the government to ensure that any post-Brexit deal does not harm the ability of businesses like James Cropper to trade with the EU.”
Phil Wild, chief executive, James Cropper, said: “The paper manufacturing industry has seen a lot of changes in recent years, so the need to innovate, develop and improve is more important than ever. Our people sit at the heart of these initiatives.”
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